Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Windows 10, and your privacy

Folks, I think everyone should read this…

* Microsoft’s Remarkable Pivot: Windows 10 Abandons Privacy

You can read all you want about Windows 10 powerful new privacy features, but that doesn’t mean you have them.Read more..

More like it..

* Baby Monitors Expose Home — And Business — Networks

Researchers find major security flaws in popular networked video baby monitor products that could allow attackers to snoop on babies and businesses.Read more..

Today’s quote:Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 3, 2015 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for staying safer on Facebook

I wouldn’t touch Facebook with a bargeman’s pole, but for those who do.. (and please, direct your Facebooking friends and family to this tutorial also.)

* How to stay safe on Facebook and avoid the top 5 scams

Facebook has over a billion users, which makes it a popular medium for cyber criminals to spread scams. Facebook users continue to fall for the same old ones, while some new tricks are growing as well.

All of them aim to steal sensitive user data or distribute malware. We looked into what the biggest Facebook scams are, how they trick users and included tips on how to avoid falling victim to them.

You may be surprised which popular “application” that one of your friends may have sent you is actually the biggest scam going around...” See the full list

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Today’s quote:People will always notice something about you. It might be the way you walk or the way you talk, or just simply your personality. Live each day in the way you want to be remembered. Live in such a way that people will be inspired by those unique qualities that you have and strive to live better lives for themselves.” ~ Amaka Imani Nkosazana

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 24, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Good Stuff

Here are a few items for your Friday.

* Why TV is doomed: HBO Now and the new cord-cutting economics

The entire old-school television distribution system has been rocked by a quake of epic magnitude. Now I can watch whatever I want — and save hundreds of dollars a year.” Read more..

Related: Add Pluto TV To Your Internet TV Lineup

If you are looking for a FREE internet based TV like environment you may enjoy exploring Pluto TV where the amount of content is amazing.” Read more..

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

* I don’t care about the Apple Watch. Would never own/wear an Apple Watch. And as a family-friendly blogger, cannot print what I think about the Apple Watch. If you’re looking for info on the Apple Watch, well, every single tech website out there has oodles & oodles of drooling propaganda advertising hype articles on the latest Apple gizmo, so feel free togo to one of those. (To do so, click here.)

* Firefox helps you cover your assets with latest Tracking Protection feature

Did you know that not all websites honor Do Not Track? If privacy while browsing is at the top of your priority list, Jack Wallen offers up a Firefox tip that just might allow you to sigh a breath of private air.Read more..

[My best guess is that no website {0} honors ‘Do Not Track’, actually.. Why should they? Tracking you pays $$$.]

Today’s Important Message: As you know, tax season is a “prime cybercrime season”, and we are warned to be on the alert for bogus IRS emails/phone calls. Truth is.. it’s always “Prime Cybercrime Season”, and we must realize it. Operating with an ever-vigilant healthy paranoia has to be our day-to-day.

Today’s Poll:

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quote:For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ Francis of Assisi

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Apple, browsers, cloud computing, consumer electronics, Firefox, how to, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five free utilities that help protect your online privacy

Folks, here are a few tools to help you fight the good fight.

* Five utilities that help protect your online privacy

As awesome as the internet is, it might also be the biggest threat to personal privacy the world has ever known. But even though it’s tough to guarantee total privacy in a connected world, a number of tools can help you to maintain some degree of personal privacy. This article discusses five such utilities.” Read more..

..as I would like to believe there still is some privacy left in the world.. But truth is, Google (already) knows more about you than your spouse does. (I would rephrase that blurb a wee bit, myself. Ahem. Such as “tough to guarantee” — try “impossible”.)

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quotable quote:The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 3, 2015 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, free software, Internet, privacy, security | , , , , , | Leave a comment

News worth knowing

(AKA “Tuesday Tidbits” a day early)

A few items worthy of your time/attention.

* Samsung Admits Its Smart TV Is Spying On You

Is Your Smart TV Spying On You? You just need to make sure you don’t hold any private conversations in front of the internet-connected TV. IS SMART TV GETTING TOO SMART? Smart TVs are connected to the Internet, and they are capable of collecting and transmitting our data. Samsung’s Smart TV uses voice recognition technology to enable voice commands, but its privacy policy defined by …” Read more…

* Anthem Data Breach — 6 Things You Need To Know

“The Nation’s second largest Health insurer company, Anthem, alerted its customers on Wednesday that hackers had stolen the personal information of over 80 Millions of its customers, making it the largest data breach and double the number of payment cards affected by Target data breach occurred in 2013. The stolen personal information includes residential addresses, birthdays, medical …”Read more…

2. BEWARE!! E-MAIL SCAMS TARGETING ANTHEM CUSTOMERS
As soon as the story broke, cyber criminals started exploiting the latest Anthem data breach in an attempt to persuade people to sign up for bogus credit protection services and provide personal information about themselves.

android_adware* Carmakers fail to protect against security attacks

Carmakers are cramming cars full of wireless technology, but failing to protect those features against the possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a US study has found.” Read more..

* Adware Android Apps Found in Google Play With Millions of Downloads

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Just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? (Keep in mind, I could post another dozen depressing day’s headlines, but why overwhelm?)

Today’s quote:Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

February 9, 2015 Posted by | Android, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, e-mail, Google, hackers, hardware, Internet, Internet scam, News, privacy, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A reading reco, and free games

For your consideration: Though this is a bit of a longer article, I highly recommend getting all the way though it.

Why the U.S. needs better privacy laws, now!

Microsoft recently published an open letter to President Obama, condemning some government surveillance techniques and calling for federal data-privacy legislation.Read more..

* free games (and timewasters).
Today’s free link: Thinks.com offers free puzzles of all sorts (crosswords, sudoku, jigsaw, codebreaker, etc.) and games like checkers and chess. Fit for the whole family. Now, I’ll admit two things: these kinds of games are kind of “old school”, and I cannot do Sudoku.. But Thinks.com is a Bookmark in all my browsers on all my machines. Check it out for yourself.

Today’s Bonus Reading: The electrical grid: A vital yet unsecured part of US infrastructure

A year-long survey of the US power utility infrastructure revealed that it is woefully insecure, and something needs to be done.Read more..

Today’s quote:Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.” ~ Bertolt Brecht

Today’s Guided Meditation: For your inner Goddess

Today’s laugh:

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Pay people to like you. Always works!

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories. Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of. And please, never forget – one person can make a difference. Find a way to make someone’s day today. (Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

September 4, 2014 Posted by | consumer electronics, Internet, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Smartphone protection, Free software, Fun videos, More!

Let me start today by wishing you all a safe, and joyous long holiday weekend! I know many are happy to see the arrival of Fall.

First up: The other day I mentioned Rick Robinette has been quite actively posting on his What’s On My PC..  site. Here’s two more I think you may want to look at.

* NEW FEATURE – Android CM Security Now Includes An App Lock, Phone Finder and Family Locater

I am often asked what security app do I use on my Android devices (tablet and smartphone)? Answer: I highly recommend CM Security (by Cheetah Mobile). Two of my biggest fears with that computer in my pocket (called a smartphone) is data security and losing my phone. With CM Security and their recently added components, I […]” Read more..

* DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS – Some Really Good, FREE, and Tasty Software

One of my passions is software and when I come across something that is professional in stature and FREE, I really get excited. Software developers are a completely different breed of people that are dedicated to a building process that can literally require years of devotion to get it just right or to keep up […]” Read more..

[ There’s a media convertia/YouTube downloader some may want to look at.]

Bonus reading:
* The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni

Feds call it “twelve triple three”; whistleblower says it’s the heart of the problem.” Read more..

* Does Technology Cause ADHD?

Some experts believe that technology has a role in the rising rates of ADHD — but whether it causes the disorder is still being debated.Read more..

 [ There’s kinda a Rule.. if you have to ask the question, the answer’s “yes”. Example: “Do I look fat in these jeans?” ]

* CNET presents the 100 hottest devices of the month

CNET 100 is a tech-filled list of the latest and greatest products that give you a look into how they are trending, in real-time using our exclusive algorithm. From the most talked about products to the obscure fascination, you can keep up with the newest tech obsession.” Read more..

Friday Fun Videos (Yes. Plural.)

This first was sent to me by a reader.

And this Fail compilation was posted just two days ago.

Today’s quote:Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly.” ~ Diogenes

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 29, 2014 Posted by | Android, anti-spyware, antivirus, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, digital Video, free software, mobile, privacy, security, software, tablet PC, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments